Angkor Village Resort Demonstrators Suspend Protest

Workers at the Angkor Village Botanical Resort in Siem Reap City have suspended their protest outside the hotel and agreed to take their complaint to court after meeting with the provincial court’s prosecutor yesterday, foreseeing an end to a controversy that has dragged on since the resort fired 67 workers in July upon discovering employees had unionized.

Workers, who have protested off-and-on since their firing, began their most recent protest on Oct 5, complaining that hotel owner Tep Vatho, Siem Reap provincial dep­uty director of the Apsara Authority, failed to respect an Arbitration Council decision that the resort reinstate the fired workers and give them back-pay.

“I ex­plained to the Angkor Village workers about their rights, and after that, they understood,” said Uy Samphea, deputy prosecutor of Siem Reap Provincial Court.

“Taking their case to court to solve the problem is bet­ter than continuing the strike,” he said. Mr Samphea’s argument was ac­cepted by workers, according to Chai Py, union leader of the Cambodian Tour­ism and Service Workers Federation at the resort, who said the protesters had agreed to stop their demonstration for a week. “If there’s no solution for us [in court], we will protest on an even bigger scale,” she added.

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